At 7,300 tonnes, INS Visakhapatnam is the largest destroyer commissioned in India. The 163-metre-long ship, the first of four P 15-B class of destroyers being built in a Rs. 29,340 crore project, is made entirely of Indian steel. It is equipped with four 30mm rapid-fire guns to provide close, in-defence capability.
"The launch of Visakhapatnam today marks a milestone,'' said Admiral RK Dhowan, the Chief of Naval Staff. His wife, Minu Dhowan, launched the destroyer. ''I am sure the management and the workers will work with the same spirit to ensure that this warship gets delivered to the Navy on time,'' Admiral Dhowan added. The ship is expected to be commissioned in 2018.
INS Visakhapatnam will be propelled by four gas turbines -- to achieve a speed of over 30 knots - and will have a supersonic surface-to-surface missile system. Central to INS Visakhapatnam is its network-centric layout. The destroyer is equipped with a Ship Data Network, an Automatic Power Management System and a Combat Management System. That means, all information critical for the operation of the warship -- during all manoeuvres -- is available to key officers through a data information highway. The destroyer will also be equipped with the Israeli Multi-Function Surveillance Threat Alert Radar, which will provide targeting information to 32 Barak 8 long-range surface-to-air missiles on board the warship. The Barak 8 missile is being co-developed with Israel.
INS Visakhapatnam has been designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, the Navy's in-house design organisation.